THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL INVITES CHILDREN TO DECORATE THE CLARENCE HOUSE CHRISTMAS TREE
WEDNESDAY 15TH DECEMBER 2021
The Duchess of Cornwall, Patron, Helen & Douglas House and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, will invite children supported by both charities to decorate the Christmas tree, and receive a few festive surprises, at Clarence House, London SW1A 1BA.
Each year, The Duchess of Cornwall invites children to decorate the Christmas tree at Clarence House. This December, the event will be attended by children and families supported by Helen & Douglas House and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. As an extra special surprise this year, the children will receive a performance by the Band of the Welsh Guards – as well as a festive video message from Mr. Tumble!
Last year, amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, Her Royal Highness was keen to continue her annual tradition in some form. Therefore, the event took place virtually with children and families supported by Helen & Douglas House joining via video link. A video of the virtual event can be watched here.
Helen & Douglas House
Helen House was the world’s first children’s hospice when it opened in 1982. Helen & Douglas House cares for local terminally ill children and their families from Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties. They provide medical, emotional and practical support, helping families deal with the implications of living with a child who will die prematurely, so they can make the most of their time together.
Her Royal Highness became Patron of Helen & Douglas House in 2007 and this will be the fifteenth time that families supported by the charity, along with hospice staff, have been invited to decorate the Clarence House Christmas tree.
Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity
Roald Dahl believed in kindness. When faced by serious illness and tragedy, he always took practical steps to help those who were suffering. Founded 30 years ago and inspired by his memory, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity provides specialist nurses and support for seriously ill children. It’s network of 82 Roald Dahl Nurses operate across the UK and they provide expert help and support to over 24,000 children and their families every year. The focus is on long term and underfunded conditions such as Epilepsy, Sickle Cell Anaemia, Acquired Brain Injury and Rare Diseases. The charity also supports practical and innovative approaches to improving children’s healthcare.
The Duchess of Cornwall has been Patron of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity since 2017, and this will be the fifth time that families supported by the charity have been invited to Clarence House to decorate the tree.